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14-foot python caught outside South Florida restaurant

orlandosentinel.com — Wildlife officers and firefighters in Southwest Florida caught a 14-foot python outside of restaurant, WINK reports. The large snake was captured behind the Pelican Bend restaurant on the Isles of Capri near Naples. Beau Middlebrook first noticed the python near the doorway of his Sun Realty office, which is behind the restaurant, according to the report.

Pokemon yoga for nerds

orlandosentinel.com — One thing yoga teacher Lacy Amoeba knows about anime, gaming and comic book fans is that they take their convention-going seriously. She knows this because she's one of them. She also knows that a weekend of all-out fandom can take it's toll, both mentally and physically, on even the healthiest of fanboys and fangirls.

Miami Dolphins: Hire FSU coach Jimbo Fisher, not Jim Harbaugh

orlandosentinel.com — Leave it to the wayward, woebegone Miami Dolphins to mess up their coaching search before it even begins. During this holiday season, the Dolphins are dreaming of a Jiminy Christmas except they seem to be dreaming about the wrong Jiminy. Or should I say the wrong Jimmy?

Christmas without gifts leads to fulfillment for some

orlandosentinel.com — WINTER GARDEN - On Christmas morning, when many people are unwrapping gifts, Jenny and Roddy Wagner and their 11 children will be serving breakfast and handing out bags of toiletries to men at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

Orlando City selects goalkeeper Josh Ford in MLS re-entry draft

orlandosentinel.com — Orlando City selected goalkeeper Josh Ford in the second stage of the Major League Soccer re-entry draft on Thursday. Ford has not made any MLS appearances over four seasons with the Seattle Sounders. The former UConn goalkeeper started two MLS reserve league matches in 2011, four reserve league matches in 2012 and one reserve league match in 2013.
Dec 18, 2014

Orlando City selects Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Josh Ford in re-entry draft. Some background: bit.ly/1GVYDFa

In crisis: Florida’s jails have become 'the asylums of the new millennium'

interactive.orlandosentinel.com — The most dangerous time of day on the Fifth Floor is 6 a.m. Long before nurses make their daily rounds dispensing meds to those suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression, staffers like Greg Dawkins must check to see if anyone has died during the night. They knock on doors, call the person's name.
Dec 18, 2014

Our 7-part series on #mentalhealth crisis in Central Florida continues: Jails: 'Asylums of the new millennium' fb.me/7arE3QHpE

Dec 18, 2014

A third of the Orange County Jail’s 3,000 inmates have some form of mental illness thesent.nl/1GtlSYP

Dec 18, 2014

With poor funding for mental health, #Florida jails have become asylums of the new millenium. interactive.orlandosentinel.com/mental-illness… via via @JeffKunerth

Dec 18, 2014

RT @orlandosentinel: A third of the Orange County Jail’s 3,000 inmates have some form of mental illness thesent.nl/1GtlSYP

Who would you like to see Orlando City play in the home opener?

orlandosentinel.com — All indications are that Orlando City will open the season on March 8. We could find out the opponent on Friday, when MLS is expected to release the home openers for all 20 MLS teams. In July, we ran a poll asking readers to pick their top choices for the home opener.
Dec 18, 2014

NYCFC and Sporting KC are taking early lead in our poll. Who do you think the Lions should play in the home opener?: bit.ly/1C6drQS

Orlando airport to introduce travel app

orlandosentinel.com — Holiday travel at the Orlando International Airport just got less stressful. That's the hope, at least, with a new mobile app available for download beginning tomorrow. The app, available for free in the Apple and Google app stores, gives travelers real-time navigation options and an interactive display to make it easier to get around the airport.

Disney ticket fraudster gets five years for $160K scam

orlandosentinel.com — A South Florida man was sentenced this week to five years in federal prison for buying nearly $160,000 worth of Disney tickets using stolen credit-card numbers. Orlando-based U.S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp on Wednesday also entered a judgment against Raul Cruz, 37, of Hialeah for $159,219.94. Cruz pleaded guilty Aug.
Dec 18, 2014

#Florida man gets 5 yrs in prison for using stolen credit card numbers to buy $160K worth of Disney tix to re-sell orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-…

Stoke City confirms Brek Shea finalizing move to Orlando City

orlandosentinel.com — Stoke City manager Mark Hughes confirmed Brek Shea is headed to Orlando City. "We envisage Brek completing his move to Orlando," Hughes said, according to the team's official Twitter feed. "It hasn't been confirmed yet, but he was in the building yesterday trying to tie it up."
Dec 18, 2014

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes confirms Brek Shea finalizing Orlando City move: bit.ly/13gnmqI

Belvin Perry Bill Sheaffer talk Ferguson

orlandosentinel.com — In local public-affairs programming this weekend: "Central Florida Spotlight" features legal analysts Bill Sheaffer and Belvin Perry at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on WFTV-Channel 9. It is their first joint appearance on the program hosted by Greg Warmoth. They discuss police use-of-force cases and the grand jury system in New York, Ferguson, Mo., and Central Florida.

Obama does right thing in restoring restore diplomatic ties with Cuba

orlandosentinel.com — As a Cuban-American, I applaud Wednesday's announcement that the United States is restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba. The embargo has long been a sham, a Trojan Horse in disguise that doesn't reveal all our dirty little secrets about our cozy relations with Cuba. Did you know that the U.S.

Hell's Kitchen: Winter Haven woman wins

orlandosentinel.com — Wednesday was a big night in reality TV with the conclusions of "Hell's Kitchen" and "Survivor." La Tasha McCutchen of Winter Haven won "Hell's Kitchen," a head chef position at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant and a total prize valued at $250,000.

Senate may consider health coverage for low-income Floridians

orlandosentinel.com — TALLAHASSEE - Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, left open the possibility Wednesday that his chamber will consider an expansion of health coverage for low-income Floridians. Gardiner described as "intriguing" a proposal that would accept billions of dollars available under the federal Affordable Care Act and provide coverage through private insurers.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @orlandosentinel: Senate president says health coverage for low-income Floridians is possible thesent.nl/1sHlHXs

Texas cinema cancels plans to play 'Team America' instead of 'The Interview'

orlandosentinel.com — A Texas movie theater is "putting the 'F' back in freedom" after Sony canceled the release of 'The Interview' Wednesday. The cancellation inspired the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to play the 2004 film 'Team America: World Police' in its place on Dec. 27, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @EMSpeck: Update: Paramount Pictures pulls 'Team America' from all theaters thesent.nl/1yZBvkO

VenturePitch introduces investors to entrepreneurs

orlandosentinel.com — As Rudy Ellis finished talking about his startup company Joicaster at VenturePitch Orlando on Tuesday, David Whitney stood from his chair on stage alongside three other judges and approached. Whitney, managing director of Energent Ventures in Gainesville, had some tips for Ellis. He told him to be more direct and to get to the point quicker.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @marcosantana: .@VenturePitchORL introduces entrepreneurs to investors in growing tech investment community @Joicaster venVelo... fb.me/70ZPn47Xj

Dec 17, 2014

RT @marcosantana: .@VenturePitchORL introduces entrepreneurs to investors in growing tech investment community @Joicaster venVelo... fb.me/70ZPn47Xj

Dec 17, 2014

.@VenturePitchORL introduces entrepreneurs to investors in growing tech investment community @Joicaster venVelo... fb.me/70ZPn47Xj

Orlando Magic defense struggles in 109-92 loss to the Boston Celtics

orlandosentinel.com — BOSTON - The way the Boston Celtics scored on Wednesday night's first possession foreshadowed how the Orlando Magic defense would play the rest of the game. Rajon Rondo drove into the heart of the Orlando defense - what there was of the defense, anyway - and dished to Tyler Zeller for the easiest of easy layups.
Dec 17, 2014

Recapping Orlando's loss to Boston, w/postgame interviews of Fournier, Harris, O'Quinn & Vaughn: ht.ly/G5jyo

Magic-Celtics postgame interview: Jacque Vaughn

Dec 17, 2014

Here's @OrlandoSentinel video of Jacque Vaughn's postgame interview: ht.ly/G5jv3

Orlando Magic's Elfrid Payton brushes off comparisons to the Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo

orlandosentinel.com — BOSTON - Orlando Magic rookie point guard Elfrid Payton hears the comparison all the time: People see similarities between him and Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. They do have similarities. Both are hard-nosed, pass-first point guards who can break opponents down off the dribble. Both also struggle with their outside shot.
Dec 17, 2014

Elfrid Payton takes comparisons to Rajon Rondo in stride. That and more in this Magic notebook: ht.ly/G5jen